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Address: 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Number: (503) 823-3636
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Description: The oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the...
The oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States boasts more than 8,000 roses.
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A year-round sanctuary

The Rose Garden is part of Portland's Washington Park. Washington Park includes the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Portland Zoo, a children't museum and trails galore. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The Rose Garden is part of Portland's Washington Park. Washington Park includes the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Portland Zoo, a children't museum and trails galore. The rose garden is beautiful year-round because of all the other plantings and the views it offers of the city and Mt. Hood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I've never seen so many beautiful roses in so many different colors. There are ketchup and mustard roses (it's red and yellow! ) and many other beauties. Perfect place to stop and smell the roses. My favorites were the yellow roses, they just looked like little sunshine flowers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

since I live around the corner, it's really easy for me to get up there and I love to go jogging there. the trails are well maintained and seem safe for the most part. I do my jogging in the morning alone, so I don't know if it's safe in the evenings or after dark. I recommend it for any... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Make sure you don't go in winter (pruning). P.S. There is a very, very steep hill along the way if you intend to walk there.

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Glen Daniel, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The roses were not in bloom when we went but my daughter'so in laws love roses so she wanted to buy something from the gift shop. We walked from the zoo on the nature paths with a stroller and a 15 month old........bad idea! There is a bus stop in front of the Trimet station at the zoo, I think... More 

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ogden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Quiet green pretty. Not over crowded wish there were more restrooms, though not a show stopper Easy access from public transportation

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This free and open to the public, even though it is listed as an attraction in the Washington Park City pass with tickets- not needed. A beautiful place to visit and walk around.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We love to go up to the Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, especially in late May and June when most of the varieties are in bloom. We go up to each flower and inhale the aromas that vary widely in intensity and the fragrance itself. Talk about a riot of color! It's one of Portland's best attractions in my... More 

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Oakland, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Stopped here with the kids and we enjoyed looking at all the plots with different named varieties of roses. The gardens surrounding the roses are interesting and lovely too. Worth a stop for sure.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Portland is a fun city, no matter the time of year, but most people shy away from the International Rose Test Garden out of season. Don't do it. It's an easy Max ride to the zoo and then a bus ride to the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden. Be patient waiting for the bus; only one runs in the off... More 

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